What Happened in April 1921

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 2 Albert Einstein lectures in New York City on his new "Theory of Relativity"

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • Apr 4 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators (NHL) beat Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA), 3 games to 2

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Apr 7 Revolutionary leader, Sun Yat-sen is elected President of China at Canton, though China remains divided into north and south and subject to rivalries of warlords

Father of Modern China Sun Yat-sen
Father of Modern China
Sun Yat-sen
  • Apr 11 Iowa imposed 1st state cigarette tax
  • Apr 11 KDKA broadcast 1st radio sporting event, a boxing match (Ray-Dundee)
  • Apr 11 Turkestan ASSR forms in Russian SFSR
  • Apr 11 First sports broadcast on the radio takes place.
  • Apr 11 The Emirate of Transjordan created
  • Apr 13 Foundation of the Spanish Communist Workers' Party.
  • Apr 14 NHL Championship: Ottawa Senators sweep Toronto St Patricks in 2 games
  • Apr 14 Prince Henry opens Rotterdam-Amsterdam-Bremen-Hamburg air route
  • Apr 15 Black Friday in Britain: leaders of transport and rail unions announce a decision not to call for strike action in support of the miners; despite widespread feeling decision a breach of solidarity and a betrayal of the miners
  • Apr 16 Liberal Freedom League forms in The Hague
  • Apr 18 Junior Achievement incorporated in Colorado Spring
  • Apr 18 Philip James Barry's "Punch for Judy" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 19 25th Boston Marathon won by Frank Zuna of NJ in 2:18:57.6
  • Apr 19 Funeral of last German Emperoress, Augusta Victoria
  • Apr 21 Ottawa Senators beat Vanc Millionaires 3 games to 2 for Stanley Cup [or 4/4]
  • Apr 23 Charles Paddock runs world record 100m (10.4 secs)
  • Apr 24 1st municipal elections for men & women in Belgium
  • Apr 24 Under Allies supervision, a plebiscite in the Tyrol favors merging with Germany; unhappy with the outcome, Allies give the area to Italy
  • Apr 27 Hadjememaar, [Corn de Gelder] elected in Amsterdam
  • Apr 30 American Professional Football Association reorganizes in Akron
  • Apr 30 Pope Benedict XV encyclical "On Dante"

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Douglas Allenbrook, composer
  • Apr 1 William L Bergsma, American composer (Fortunate Island), born in Oakland, California
  • Apr 1 Ken Reardon, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Apr 3 Robert Karvelas, American actor (Get Smart), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • Apr 4 Willem J "Wim" the Villiers, South African minister of Administration
  • Apr 5 Patricia Ford, Lady Fisher, Irish politician and founder (British Women Caring Trust), born in Donaghadee, County Down, Ireland (d. 1995)
  • Apr 5 Les Jackson, English cricket bowler (England twice, 1949 & 1961), born in Whitwell, Derbyshire, England (d. 2007)
  • Apr 5 Robert Q. Lewis, American TV host (Masquerade Party, Robert Q Lewis Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • Apr 6 Andrew Welsh Imbrie, composer
  • Apr 6 Franta Belsky, British sculptor
  • Apr 6 Lord Moore of Wolvercote [Philip Brian Cecil Moore], Private Secretary to the Sovereign (UK)
  • Apr 8 Jan Novák, Czech classical composer, born in Nová Říše, Morovia (d. 1984)
  • Apr 9 Frankie Thomas, American actor and author (Tom Corbett Space Cadet), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • Apr 9 Jean-Marie Balestre, French president of motor sport's FIA, born in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France (d. 2008)
  • Apr 9 Yitzhak Navon, President of Israel (1978-83), born in Jerusalem, British Mandate of Palestine (d. 2015)
  • Apr 10 Chuck Connors, American author, actor (The Rifleman, Branded, Cowboy in Africa), professional basketball and baseball player, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • Apr 10 Peter Herbert Penwarden, English priest, born in Walthamstow, England (d. 1995)
  • Apr 10 Sheb Wooley, American vocalist (Purple People Eater, Hee Haw), born in Erick, Oklahoma (d. 2003)
  • Apr 11 Jeff Stollmeyer, Trinidad and Tobago cricketer (WI batsman pre/post-war), born in Santa Cruz, Trinidad (d. 1989)
  • Apr 11 Martin Buckmaster, 3rd Viscount Buckmaster, British diplomat
  • Apr 11 Jim Hearn, American baseball player, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1998)
  • Apr 12 Alfred Mabbs, British archivist (Public Records Office), born in London (d. 2009)
  • Apr 13 Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza, industrialist
  • Apr 13 Carlo Prosperi, composer
  • Apr 13 James Wilson, British Lt-General
  • Apr 13 Maxwell Henley Harris, Australian poet/publisher (Gift of Blood)
  • Apr 14 Thomas Schelling, American economist, (Nobel Prize 2005 - game-theory analysis), born in Oakland, California (d. 2016)
  • Apr 15 Georgi Timofeyevich Beregovoi, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 3)
  • Apr 15 Norman Ewart Thurston, musician
  • Apr 16 Peter Ustinov, British actor, author, journalist, comedian and broadcaster (Death on Nile, Logan's Run, Billy Budd), born in London, England (d. 2004)
  • Apr 19 Glyn England, CEO (CEGB, Windcluster Ltd)
  • Apr 19 Will Ogdon, American composer, born in Redlands, California (d. 2013)
  • Apr 20 Donald Gunn MacRae, sociologist, born in Glasgow (d. 1997)
  • Apr 20 Janine Sutto, French-Canadian actress and comedian (Guide de la petite vengeance), born in Paris, France (d. 2017)
  • Apr 21 Jack Fletcher, American actor (Calucci's Department, Once Upon a Mattress), born in Forest Hills, New York (d. 1990)
  • Apr 23 Janet Blair [Martha Janet Lafferty], American singer and actress (Leave it to the Girls, Smith Family), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • Apr 23 Warren Spahn, Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher (Boston/Milwaukee Braves), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2003)
  • Apr 24 Laci Boldemann, Swedish composer, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1969)
  • Apr 25 Jean Mogin, Belgian poet, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • Apr 25 Karel Appel, Dutch painter (Vragende Children), born in Amsterdam (d. 2006)
  • Apr 26 Harry Knutton, Maj-Gen/dir-general (London City & Guilds Institute)
  • Apr 26 James "Jimmy" Giuffre, American jazz musician, composer, and arranger, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2008)
  • Apr 26 Margaret Gowing, professor (history, science)
  • Apr 28 Rowland Evans, White Marsh Pa, news reporter (CNN-Evans & Novak)
  • Apr 29 Cornelis de Jager, Dutch astronomer (Sun)
  • Apr 29 Tommy Noonan, American actor, screenwriter and producer (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Promises Promises), born in Bellingham, Washington (d. 1968)
  • Apr 30 Roger Easton, American scientist & inventor (GPS), born in Craftsbury, Vermont (d. 2014)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 7 French president Charles de Gaulle (30) weds Yvonne Vendroux (20)

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 5 Alphonsus J M Diepenbrock, Dutch composer (Missa), dies at 58
  • Apr 8 Ernst von Possart, German actor and theatre director (Bayerische Hoftheater), dies at 79
  • Apr 11 Augusta Victoria, Queen of Prussia/wife of Emperor Wilhelm II, dies
  • Apr 18 Earnest [Bachigaloupi] Tourniaire, Dutch actor (Inkwartiering, Kloris & Roses), dies at 70
  • Apr 29 Arthur Mold, British cricket bowler (1893, banished for throwing), dies